CS Resident Who Helped Start Local Skate Park Dies

By: KBTX Staff Email
By: KBTX Staff Email

A key player to forming a very popular skate park in College Station died from cancer according to the city.

Rebecca Powell-Frederick lost her battle with cancer a couple of weeks ago. She was the mother to Garrett Hysmith. The G. Hysmith Skate Park is named after him.

Garrett lost his own brave fight to cancer in 2005 at age 13. Fredrick helped Garrett and his friend convince the College Station City Council to include a skate park as part of a bond package that would go before voters.

"She was right there with them, making sure that they presented themselves at council meetings. It worked,” said David Schmitz, director of College Station Parks & Recreation.

In 2011 the skate park opened, and is frequented by dozens of skaters almost daily.

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